It's hard to imagine the pain of starting a website dedicated to the type of car you've only dreamed of owning. Larry Callahan of Thousand Oaks, California, did just that. Eight years ago (it seems like yesterday to Larry), he started Pro-Touring.com. It's a place for people with Pro Touring style cars, or people who just like them, to come together and discuss everything about these cars. The extreme amount of feedback and participation made expanding the website a natural. Larry organized events where people on the website could meet and play with their cars. All this time, he didn't have a supercar himself. He had a `68 Camaro that he drove daily once upon a time, and he'd been saving to realize his dream for a while, when the opportunity to display at the SEMA show in Centerforce's booth came along.
The Pro Touring theme is defined as modern upgrades to an older car that make it handle better. To perform the overhaul, Larry employed Prodigy Customs, where Frank Sarafine took over. The build needed to be completed in 42 days to be ready in time for SEMA, so it was the center of focus for an intense six weeks.
Every muscle car needs a lot of horsepower, and Prodigy delivered. They built a 406-inch small-block Chevy starting with a Dart Little M block, and planted two Precision turbos atop to produce what the calculator says is around 800 horsepower on pump gas. Pro Touring cars need to not just go fast in a straight line, but turn and stop, too. With a full set of tubular control arms from Art Morrison, Air Ride ShockWaves, and lightweight wheels and brakes from Forgeline and Wilwood, the Camaro would easily fall into the genre he loves so much.
|BY THE NUMBERS |
|1968 CHEVY CAMARO |
|Owner: ||Larry Callahan, 42 |
|Occupation: ||Aerospace machine shop manager, owner Pro-Touring.com |
|Hometown: ||Thousand Oaks, CA |
|Engine size & type: ||twin-turbo 406-inch small-block Chevy |
|Transmission: ||Richmond 6-speed manual |
|Performance: ||est. 800 horsepower |
|Front suspension: ||Art Morrison subframe, Air Ride Shockwaves |
|Rear suspension: ||Prodigy four-link, Air Ride ShockWaves, Moser rear end |
|Brakes: ||Wilwood 14-inch rotors, 6- and 4-piston calipers |
|Wheels & tires: ||Forgeline SO3P wheels, BFGoodrich KDW |
275/35R18 and 335/30R18
|Paint & body: ||BASF Glasurit Steel Silver custom blend |
|Built by: ||Prodigy Customs, Apopica, FL |
|Vendor affiliation: ||Centerforce |
|Years owned: ||25, built in 42 days |